Flash Face Off Prompts (w/c 27 April 2020)


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The two opposing themes for this week’s Flash Face Off are: UP vs DOWN

Use the prompts below and/or the theme to write – in any way that inspires you.

Pick a side. (Or write about both!)

Pick an image and/or a quote, or more than one, or a mix of the bunch.

It is tooootally up to you, so long as your writing has some kind of connection to this week’s themes and is no longer than 500 words.

You have until midday Friday 1st May to think, write, and post up your story to our Flash Face Off forums.

PLEASE make good use of these workshopping forums to offer feedback to others, receive feedback on your own story, and tweak/edit as much as you like. This really is the absolute best way to develop your writing (and it’s a really nice way to be part of your writing community).

We’ll be picking a handful of stories to be read on our live Flash Face Off online event at 9pm on the 1st May so will get in touch with authors on Friday to sort out logistics.

And that’s it! Enough preamble. Roll out the prompts!

(Image source: Christina Gottardi)

(Image source: Liam Pozz)

(Image source: Nicholas Sampson)

(Image source: Markus Winkler)

“When I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up,
and I’m even pleased that I’m falling in just such a humiliating position,
and for me I find it beautiful.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the climber upward turns his face.
But when he once attains the upmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend.”
― Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul.”
― Hermes Trismegistus

“The king in time died, the queen’s heart broke like a vow
And the tree returned to the earth with the nest and the bird
But the feather spun upward, upward and upward
Spinning all the weather vanes
And you’re sitting at the kitchen table, listening to the radio.”
― Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Spinning Song 6

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